OnePlus 5T is an iterative update to the OnePlus 5, which launched six months ago
OnePlus 5T Review – From £449
- Pros – All-Screen Design, Brilliant AMOLED Display, Quick Face Scanning, Solid Battery Life, Fast Charging, Headphone Port, Great Fingerprint Scanner, Reading Mode
- Cons – No Android 8.0 Oreo At Launch, No Water Resistance, No Dual Front-Facing Speakers
OnePlus 5T is the second flagship phone OnePlus has launched this year.
The new handset is an iterative update to the OnePlus 5, which launched back in June 2017 to widespread acclaim – You can read our full OnePlus 5 review here.
These incremental, mid-cycle upgrades are becoming a pattern for the Chinese smartphone company, which last year debuted the OnePlus 3T six months after the OnePlus 3.
If the staggeringly short shelf life of the latest flagship OnePlus phone bothers fans of the brand, they aren’t showing it – with the OnePlus 5T already the company’s fastest-selling smartphone following its launch last month.
Express.co.uk has spent some time with the OnePlus 5T, checking emails, playing games and snapping some shots with the new dual-lens camera. Here is our definitive verdict on the new OnePlus 5T flagship smartphone.
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A lot has changed since the arrival of the OnePlus 5 back in June, namely the launch of a number of flagship handsets with expansive edge-to-edge displays, including the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, LG V30, and Apple iPhone X.
As a result, the chunky bezels that bookend the top and bottom of the OnePlus 5 have started to make the phone look older than its years.
Enter the OnePlus 5T.
To update its flagship phone to align with the latest trend, OnePlus has managed to squeeze a generous 6.01-inch AMOLED display into a physical footprint no bigger than the OnePlus 5, which had a 5.5-inch display.
However, to accommodate the almost edge-to-edge display, OnePlus has been forced to relocate the fingerprint scanner to the back of the phone.
Don’t worry though – it’s still as fast and accurate as before.
Elsewhere, there’s little to distinguish the OnePlus 5T from its predecessor.
Like the OnePlus 5, OnePlus appears to have dropped the industrial design that characterised its previous handsets, including the T-shaped antenna bands and square camera module that appeared on the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T.
Instead, the Chinese company has opted for a design that’s ludicrously similar to the iPhone 7 Plus. Make no mistake – it looks good, but then again, so did the iPhone 7 Plus.
OnePlus has squeezed a 6.01-inch AMOLED display into the same physical footprint
It would have been nice to see the OnePlus design team flex their creative muscles and try something truly different and original, but hopefully that will be reserved for the OnePlus 6 next year.
Looks aside, the anodised aluminium device feels great in the hand, thanks to the subtle curve at the back and gently-rounded corners.
OnePlus 5T is easily manageable in one hand, despite its phablet-sized display – something that can’t be said of the Apple-branded phone that inspired its design.
OnePlus’ Alert Slider – a physical switch on the side of the phone that enables phone owners to quickly toggle between Silent, Priority and All Notifications without unlocking the device – makes a very welcome return on the OnePlus 5T.
As iPhone owners will attest, flicking a physical switch on the side of a handset is faster than trawling a the settings menu, and means you can quickly swap between enabling notifications and silencing them without waking the device – or being forced to remove it from your pocket.
One minor quibble with the OnePlus 5T is the volume rocker, which sits almost flush with the side of the handset and has an icky, spongey feel to the keys. It’s not a big issue, but can make it tough to know whether you’ve hit the button when holding the OnePlus 5T at certain angles.
OnePlus 5 had exactly the same problem – it’s a shame it wasn’t addressed in the minor redesign.
The OnePlus 5T has an almost edge-to-edge display
The headline feature of the OnePlus 5T is the lavish 6.01-inch AMOLED display, which occupies more than 80 per cent of the front of the phone.
The bump from 5.5inches to 6.01-inches might sound like a minor one, but it makes…